I use Cartes du ciel as follows:
First i pol align, then i manually align with a star that i know well. Then, i check via camera control live view (On PC) that the star is dead on.
Then i fine focus (every time) and take one or two test shots of the foucs. Then i start up Cartes du ciel (which is used together with EQMOD (EQASCOM) and select the star i'm on. Then i tell Cartes to sync on that star (twice) so the camera frame digitally lines up in the program.
Then i choose my DSO, tell Cartes to "slew there" and when the mount stops, i take a iso 16000 test shot. Usually the scope is spot on, and if not - i can line it up very fine with EQMOD. I usually move the scope a teeeenie wee bit and take a new test shot.
When the motive is framed, i start up PHD2 and begin calibrating the guidescope, and when it finishes, and thus starts guiding - i start taking my subs. The first two subs i always scrutinize, if they're good then i go inside for coffee and check on the scope every 45min / hour.
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Edited by jakob1234, 16 March 2017 - 02:32 PM.